Funded Activities

Funded Resident Activities

The following activities are funded for the residents through generous support from the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology or the Dean McGee Eye Institute/University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology (DMEI/OU):

AAO Mid-Year Forum – Each year, one resident is given the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., with faculty members to experience congressional advocacy in action, get updates on policy changes related to health care, and learn more about American Academy of Ophthalmology activities and initiatives. This opportunity is available to PGY-2, PGY-3, and PGY-4 students.

Table Rock Regional Roundup – This is a four-state regional educational meeting for ophthalmologists from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. It is held in the fall and located at the picturesque Big Cedar resort in the Ozark Mountains near Branson, MO.

AAO Annual Meeting – The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons representing 32,000 members. The annual meeting is the largest AAO gathering at which cutting edge research, best practices, and latest technologies are presented. Three PGY-4 residents and two PGY-3 residents attend the AAO annual meeting and participate in the learning opportunities available there.

China/Africa global eye care trips – PGY-4 residents have the opportunity to participate in the annual DMEI – Sichuan Province People’s Hospital trip or the Eswatini, Africa trip. These two-week trips offer outstanding and unique educational experiences in systems-based practice, diagnosis and management of diseases not seen in the U.S., and international service. The opportunities for personal and professional cultural exchange are also tremendous.

The Eaton-Balyeat Resident Research Fund is money available to support resident research projects at DMEI. Residents apply to use the fund to cover any research-related expenses, including presentation travel stipends. The committee that oversees the fund reviews applications on a rolling schedule and awards grants during the academic year on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In addition to these funded activities for residents, there are a number of other benefits unique to the residency program at DMEI/OU, including:

If these opportunities appeal to you, we encourage you to take the next step and apply to the residency program at DMEI/OU.